Aurifil Special Petfinder Foundation Collection and Giveaway! {Winners announced}

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
George Eliot

Animals are a part of so many lives. In the lives of Quilters, you can see the love in photos posted of cats and dogs in sewing rooms, lying comfortably on quilts,  and sometimes even helping to choose fabric, thread or at the sewing machine. These animals are loved deeply and cared for by wonderful people.

Not all pets are fortunate enough in their lives to have caregivers to show them the love and respect they need to thrive. Some animals are either displaced due to an unfortunate event or sometimes are neglected or abused and need to be rescued. In either case, the animals need a good and loving “forever home.” A place where their past can be met with the care and concern for them to learn how to trust again. The Petfinder Foundation is a non-profit organization created to help bring together these animals with people that will be loving caregivers.

“The Petfinder Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that supports the shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. Our mission is to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home.”

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) established a program with the Petfinder Foundation to help animals after disasters. The program began after Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012 when The Quilt Pattern Magazine put out a call to its readers to make Kennel Quilts including free patterns on their site to help comfort animals in shelters affected by the hurricane. Over 100 Kennel Quilts were sent from all over the US, Canada and even England. Because of the overwhelming response, the Petfinder Foundation and TQPM decided to make this an ongoing venture. To date over 1300 Kennel Quilts have been sent to shelters affected by disasters in 12 states. In the Fall of 2014, Aurifil was completely thrilled with the idea of creating the perfect collection including “pet colors” to help out this worthwhile cause.”
Aurifil is honored to partner with Petfinder Foundation and The Quilt Pattern Magazine to offer an Aurifil thread collection like no other we have presented. This beautiful collection of Aurifil colors in 50wt thread has been put together to benefit pets in need of finding their perfect home. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will help to support the Petfinder.com website. The site provides access to helping to locate either rescue or shelter animals in your area.  The search is not limited to dogs and cats alone. If you find that chinchillas or a lovely Eclectus is more your ideal pet, you can find those as well.  The Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit is currently available in local quilt shops or can be requested by your local quilt shop from their favorite distributor.

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Meet Gary, the adorable furry baby of Aurifil CEO, Elena Gregotti.  Gary is a rescue dog and is loved by all of the members of the Aurifil family! Elena shares his amazing story from neglect to a happy home!

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“Gary, our beloved rescue dog has been a part of the family for just over 2 years. He’s a happy and charismatic dog with a great personality.

However, before his days of chasing lizards in the Aurifil garden he lived in Serbia, where he was un-loved and terribly abused.

Luckily for Gary, one of our family friends whom originally is from Serbia but now lives in Italy, rescued him and brought him to Milano. She posted a photograph of Gary on Facebook asking for help in re-homing him and my husband saw him and knew he had to live in our home.

We fell in love with Gary and contacted our friend, he joined our family on November 18th 2012, at first he was unhappy, timid, petrified of men and never played. In the past two years he has settled in, learnt to trust again and enjoys long evening walks around the city, spending his days being swooned over by the Aurifil office family and long summer vacations in the Tuscan countryside.”

Nan Baker from Quilt Pattern Magazine is helping the cause by making available a free tutorial for Kennel Quilts using Island Batik Fabrics for kitten and cats on Purrfect Spots! Nan shared this adorable photo of Penny on a Kennel Quilt she made.

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“I am happy to report that Penny was at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region until the day this picture was taken. She got adopted that day to her furever home! Was this a coincidence? I don’t think so!

I just love happy endings, don’t you?”

In an effort to promote this special collection for a cause, Aurifil, The Quilt Pattern Magazine and Island Batik Fabrics have put together a knock your socks off giveaway package!  There will not only one but Three winners!  Each winner receive a special bundle of an Aurifil Small Kennel Thread Kit Collection, a fat quarter bundle of 12 fantastic Island Batik fabrics and a one year subscription to The Quilt Pattern Magazine!

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This giveaway is open internationally and will close to new entries on 24 March 2015, 11pm EST. Three random winners will be chosen and announced on or about 26 March 2015.

Thank you everyone for sharing stories and participating in this event to promote a very worthy cause!

Congratulations to the winners!

Kathleen McCormick

Betty Hughes

Carole McCellan

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Aurifil March 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our March mini is a wonderful scrap busting project!  Designer and shop owner Kimberly Jolly shares her March mini with us, we are so lucky this year!  Kimberly is a busy designer with a shop, pattern designs and charity projects. I’m delighted to be sewing ‘Snapshots’ along with her to benefit St. Jude’s children’s center. Kimberly’s charity work is inspirational.

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She  was born and raised in Austin, TX. .. now doesn’t that look like a FUN city?

On May 26, 2011 I chatted with Kimberly and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Kimberly!

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When was your FIRST quilt sighting? Did it inspire you to start quilting? If not, what did?

I have always loved quilts, thread and textiles since childhood, so it’s impossible to remember which one came first.  My granny taught me to crochet when I was five and I have always loved granny squares.  I had always dreamed of learning to quilt and made it come true once I was out of college.  The first quilt I ever made was a blue and yellow log cabin.  I’ve learned so much since then, but it still has a special place in my heart.  I handquilted it and the stitches leave a lot to be desired.

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When you go to a quilt show, what types of quilts are you drawn to? 

I am drawn to vintage-y quilts of all kinds, pre-Civil War quilts and feedsack quilts especially.  Oh, and Amish quilts too!  They have a certain simplicity that I’m drawn too.  It could just be simple sawtooth stars or Irish Chains, but that back-to-the-basics simplicity is my true quilt love.

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Did you have a career prior to making art, and what was it?

I was a CPA before quilts became my profession.  I do employ that knowledge to run my businesses (Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma), but this is so much more fulfilling.

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What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown? 

The Hey Cupcake! trailer is a mainstay for me and my kids, and we have a weekly family dinner at El Gallo, which I’ve been going to since I was a child.  My husband Kevin and I like to go to UT games during football season(Go Longhorns!).

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What does your studio look like, and what would you change in it? 

My studio is actually getting a makeover right now, so I don’t have any photos, but MAN I’m going to be so organized!  That means lots of shelving and using up previously unused space.

It also doubles as my home office, so I also have a computer and TV in there. (tshirts here)

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Do you have a GREAT storage, organization, or label making tip?

I store all of my fabrics in wire baskets similar to this.  I also have a handy cart from IKEA for my UFOs.  I like having my UFOs out in the open so there is more motivation to finish my projects.

My good friend Lori Holt taught me how to make her design boards (tutorial: here) which I use to hold my fabrics in place while I plan my quilts.

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Then of course, Alphabitties are my cute way of labeling fabrics as I cut

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and I need to share our Mystery coming soon! Details HERE (… one block is MINE! pat sloan)

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What are your 3 favorite colors of Aurifil thread? 

2000 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-beige-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) and 2610 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-gray-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) are my favorite colors to piece with.  I’ve started using the Invisible Monofilament thread to quilt, too! (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-clear-invisible-spool-thread)

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Anything else you’d like to share? 

I know you, Pat, are already sewing with us, but I can’t urge everyone enough to sew the Snapshots quilt with us!  This is a free quilt-along program we’re offering that benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please join us, Read all the details HERE

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We’re also finishing up Lori Holt’s next book, Farm Girl Vintage (http://www.itssewemma.com/farm-girl-vintage-book), that releases in April.

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What about your Month Inspired your Quilt Block?

After sewing my Snapshots quilt, I wanted to use up my leftover Daysail scraps.  Bonnie and Camille fabric always makes my heart go pitter-patter, no matter how much I’ve sewn with it already!  Going along with my love of simple blocks, my mini is made with simple half-square triangles and flying geese.  Each ring gets to show off its own color, and the slightly off-centeredness makes it feel fresh.  I hope you love it!

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And a few on the light side

  • Favorite TV show  –  My current must-watch is Married at First Sight.
  • The snack you crave –  Not a snack, but I love sweet tea.
  • The Color you have always LOVED –  Pink.  It’s happy and girly.  I just painted two accent walls in my office bright pink! (here is Alex Visiting Kimberly at her office!

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Here is my Mini!

I have a little tip for being sure you do not lose your points.. it’s HERE

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The winner this month is Tessmontana… She wins a Thread kit!

EACH MONTH we will pick one random winner that has made a block.. that person will receive a special Aurifil thread prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICKR PAGE  HERE

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Aneela Hoey free Blooms pattern and an Aurifil Floss Giveaway!

February is National Embroidery Month and Aurifil thought it would be appropriate to finish up the month with a free embroidery pattern by the very talented designer Aneela Hoey and a heavenly Aurifil floss GIVEAWAY!

If you have not tried Aurifil embroidery floss you are in for a real treat!  Aurifloss is six strands of  30/2wt  thread pre-wound on lovely wooden spools, no need to fuss with untangling and rewinding floss! The embroidery floss is available in all 270 delicious colours including a variety of variegated perfect for all of your projects.

Aneela Hoey is one of the best embroidery pattern designers in the industry today!  Her designs can be found on her website and in her book Little Stitches.  She has a style that is simple and sweet that appeals to everyone.  She designed a free pdf pattern “blooms” for you to end this month of celebration in hand stitching style.

“Aneela Hoey studied printed textiles at Winchester School of Art and worked in design studios in London and New York before becoming a Moda designer in 2011. All her designs begin as doodles in her sketchbook mostly inspired by her two young daughters who also like to give her plenty of ideas for what she should draw! Aneela is author of the embroidery book Little Stitches published by Stash Books. She loves sew and tries to make as many quilts as she possibly can. You can catch up with Aneela on her blog comfortstitching or on Instagram as aneelahoey.”

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If you are not sure what Aurifloss colours to try, Aneela has her suggestions based on what she has been reaching for in her stash!

“My favourite aurifloss colours – Right now my absolute favourite is 1133, its a rusty yellow sort of colour but looks so pretty with everything. Other favs include 1104, 2220, 2145, 1318 and 2240. I have a bit of a thing for yellow, orange and coral colours at the moment.’

 

To help with the best results with your embroidery, Aneela offers these tips:

1. For best results, use good fabric. You can’t go wrong with quilting cotton, either in a shade of white or a pale solid. Linen bases are also a good alternative.
2. Always use a hoop. Place your fabric in the hoop and tighten it without stretching the fabric.
3. Use embroidery needles – These are widely available from sewing shops and I find them especially useful as they have a longer eye which makes it a whole lot easier to thread your floss through.
4. One of the things I love most about embroidery is that you can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Always just go with how you feel – stick with just one stitch for a piece if that’s what you want to do. Or go to town and use a whole heap of different stitches. Learn some new ones or stick to what you know, it’s up to you!

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The free Aneela Hoey PDF pattern Blooms is available through this link  blooms embroidery pattern

 

 

To help get you started on this lovely stitching project we are giving away to one lucky winner two Aurifil embroidery floss collections one  Lynn Krawczyk Inked  and one Sara Lawson Fantasia. That is two collections making 20 wooden spools of Aurifil goodness for you to start off or add to your stash!  This giveaway is open internationally and a random winner will be chosen and announced on or about 08 March 2015.  There are many options to enter for your chance to win by visiting Rafflecopter

 

 

 

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Joanna Figueroa

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our fantastic year of Mini’s rolls into February with Joanna Figueroa the designer behind Figtree & Co.  Joanna has an amazing style and I feel pretty lucky to be on the Moda design team with her. Her beautiful soft colored fabric always make their way into my stash.   Her company is based in a small town named San Leandro in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joanna told me it’s a great little place, now I want to visit!.

I chatted with Joanna about minis, sew and flip and other fun things on 10/24/11 and 10/6/14 at my All Quilting podcast

And let me give you a heads up, you are about to see the most beautiful photos of quilts you have ever seen. Joanna is an amazing photographer…

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Joanna!

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Celebrate National Embroidery Month

Febuary is National Embroidery Month!  Aurifil would like to kick off this month of celebration with beautiful embroidery works created by Sheena Norquay and a giveaway of her unique hand embroidery Aurifil collection!  Embroidery is part of history in every corner of the world and includes Redwork, Candlewick, Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko, and Blackwork.   This wonderful art form can be seen on quilts, clothing, leather, bags and many other places. It is a task that can be taken with you easily and can be a quick project when needed. Embroidery can also be a a fun time passer for teens or older children. Please join us in celebrating the joy of embroidery!

 

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Unknown  Sheena is well known for her natural approach to design with her inspirations coming from the shapes, lines and colors of her surroundings.      Sheena teaches numerous workshops in the art of quilting.  ” I am also interested in using quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Inspiration comes from relief sculpture, circles, patterns in nature, man made patterns and decoration on other textiles. Most of the lines are free machine quilted, a technique which is my specialty. It is fascinating how the surface of the quilt comes alive with the quilting.”

Along with her expertise in teaching, Sheena has three previous Aurifil thread collections filled with the most delightful color combinations!  Autumn Collection, Seascape Collection and Zingy are all  50wt thread and perfect for all piecing and quilting projects.

 

 

 

Her newest thread collection Linen and Lace is a combination of different thread weights and materials offered on small spools perfect for hand work both at home and on the go.  “Linen and Lace collection was inspired by vintage embroideries. It has a limited colour palette but gives the hand stitcher a chance to try 4 types of threads. I have used the cotton floss mainly for embroidery and in some of the samples I have blended 2 or 3 colours together, using 6 strands at a time. The cotton no. 12, linen and wool have been used for embroidery but also for quilting.”

 

 

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Included in this collection:

Ten small spools:  Three Cotton 12wt,  three Linen , three six strand embroidery floss, and one wool 12wt

Colors:
Cotton    1231 – 5021 – 2021
Floss       1231 – 2024 – 1320
Linen     2024 – 5011 – 1320
Wool      8021

 

These artworks were created by Sheena from her collection Linen and Lace.  “Most of the following samples are smaller size and can be stitched during train journeys or watching TV – great fun to do.”  The different threads provide a beautiful texture to your embroidery. They also produce visually exciting stitching from the variations in the sheen of the threads that can be described as a matte ( wool 12wt and linen), eggshell ( floss) and satin ( cotton 12wt).

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The giveaway will include one Aurifil Linen and Lace Collection to one winner!

To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment  answering  the question, “Where is your favourite place to find inspiration?”

This giveaway opportunity is open to international entries.  This giveaway will close February 10, 2015  at 11PM  EST.  A random winner be chosen and announced on or about  Feb 12 on this original post.  If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email in one of your comments ( do not add an additional comment).  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Aurifil January 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Gudrun Erla kicks off 2015 year of Mini Quilts, and I’m so excited to interview her. We have been friends for a very long time, and I love her designs so much. She always has a fresh take on things. Interviewing her I also learned a few NEW things, that’s always fun!

I chatted with Gudrun about quilting in Iceland April 5, 2010 on again on Feb 4, 2013 on my All Quilting podcast

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Gudrun!

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

Twice a year, Sew Mama Sew brings bloggers, designers and brands together for one giant collaborative giveaway event. What was once done in a day has become a full week of amazing giveaway opportunities, all conveniently linked up in one place. It’s a tremendous time for new product discoveries, fun connections with your favorite blogs, introductions to a wide range of brand new blogs AND it allows all of us to have a bit of fun with all of you! It’s an exciting time and we’re thrilled to be a part of it this
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Aurifil, Pellon and Moda Fabrics have come together to create a one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, you-will-not-believe-your-eyes prize package for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  This bundle is a combination of the best of all three brands in one spot: a 1/2 yard bundle of 12 Bella Solid Fabrics in a range of colors , an exclusive Aurifil Bella Solids Collection of thread, and a bundle of seven crib-sized Legacy by Pellon®
battings — Natural Cotton, White Cotton, 80/20 Natural Blend, Bamboo Blend, Soy Blend, Wool & Polyester. Excited yet?

 

 

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This fabulous giveaway closes December 12, 2015 5pm PST. The winner will be chosen randomly and the  winner will be announced on or around 14 Dec. This giveaway is open internationally!

 

Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter-to-win! Don’t forget to head on over to Sew Mama Sew to check out all of the amazing giveaways featured on some other great blogs and make some new friends! Good luck and happy sewing!!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/715465f713/

 

 

 

 

Meet the 2015 Aurifil Design Team!

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan (in the polka dot top) the host of Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program!  This is going to be an exciting year of getting to know 12 Designers and learn about them. PLUS they will each do a small MINI project for you this year, how fun is that?  12 mini quilts!

Let me introduce you to the group

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Aurifil 2015 Design Team goofing around

We had a little fun with Aurifil’s GIANT spools!! Look carefully at the faces… by the way… I’m pretty sure Joanna snagged that spool to take home!

This year we moved the Interview to Jan 12 – 15.  So many of you have other Block of the month programs that start on the first, so we are going to balance out the month by giving you the Mini quilt about the middle of the month this year!

Interested in the FREE Patterns from Prior years?

On our sidebar is a category called Designers of the Month, click it!

December 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our December Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company, I bet you have a few of her patterns in your collection!.  Carrie had a booth next to mine at a trade show and we have been friends every since!  I am always thrilled to get to know more about each designer when I interview them. Carrie has been living in Arizona and is trading the South West life for the bright lights of the city of Dallas Texas where she will be working for Moda Fabrics… so excited to have her there!

I have had the pleasure of having Carrie on my All Quilting podcast June 25, 2012 and May 2, 2011 . You can go HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

Let’s get to know Carrie!

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Aurifil Black Friday Giveaway!

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No need to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy this great giveaway opportunity!  Stay in your slippers, sip your coffee or tea, and enter for your chance to win an exclusive Aurifil five large spool collection that includes our most popular 50wt, the all purpose 40wt, a beautiful 28wt, and two lovely 12wt ( one in cotton and one in a wool/acrylic blend).

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The best part is there will be TEN WINNERS chosen!

This giveaway will be close Sunday 30 November at 11 pm EST and the winners will be announced on or around 2 Dec. The winners will be chosen by random and announced on this post. This giveaway is open to all of our internationally friends.

 

There are many options to enter for your chance to WIN!  Please follow the Rafflecopter link to enter!